Yesterday, I was inside most of the day watching our LDS Worldwide Church Conference on TV. My kids were bugging each other all day, so I decided to take them outside so I could see what the outdoors looked like. We were really ambitious and decided to go on a walk. After losing my breath after the first few steps I told them to go on without me. I waited for them to get all the way to the end of the street and then walked back with them. I made it back alive, so I decided to tell them to go to bed while I stayed up with my wife to watch other people struggle walking in The The Amazing Race.
Here is my bitter review of the show “The Amazing Race”
The plot: We see the thrilling moments of racing around the world, like the “waiting in the airport” scenes, to the yelling of “Taxi” to cab drivers. My favorite part of the show is when they are sleeping on the bus or the waiting for boat to open in the morning scenes. The problem with this show, is that they decided to shows the glamour of worldwide travel. It is when they start running and competing and getting along really well that this show loses me.
The actors: Pairs of complete idiots that compete in a race around the world. They range anywhere from “actors” who can’t act, to fathers and daughters who don’t communicate, to baseball wives that don’t know anything about baseball. Also, I like how the teams are really good at obeying instructions like walking to a pit stop instead of getting a ride there, or not paying their cab driver enough money. This is where this show excels. When people do dumb stuff like wait for a later bus, because they were promised that it would get to a place two hours earlier than another team. This year we have a pair that actually get along. How am I supposed to cheer for a couple that says nice things to each other, gets along with other teams and respects the local cab drivers, travel agents and bus drivers? How about a little disrespect for local people that are doing really crappy jobs for so little money. If you can’t disrespect people in other countries, how are you going to disrespect people back home when you get back?
Cinematography: The camera work is great because most of it is done by the contestants themselves. Most of the time you get a shaky fisheye view of someone sweating and struggling. It completely captures the anguish of someone having to travel to a beautiful paradise and their struggle of not having to go to work for three weeks and going on a free trip around the world. Also the pain of having to spend time with your spouse doing things like hang gliding and going on free airplane rides.
Overall: This show does a pretty good job of showing the grime and grit of the world, but I need to see more. I need to see these contestants suffer, argue and fight more. When they get to a pit stop they should not be excited to be together, or learn things like “we need to communicate better”. They need to be crying, bickering and telling each other that they never should have come on this race and decide to go on “The Bachelor” or “Big Brother”.
I give Amazing Race: 5 bitter rhubarbs out of 7. They do a decent job of getting the couples to be angry at each other, but they don’t go far enough. And the thrilling races and exciting events happen too often, when I want to see more sitting around waiting and sleeping.
Bitter Racing Ben
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